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Racist and xenophobic hate against Asian Americans in the midst of the COVID pandemic has been a significant threat to Asian Americans’ health – stemming from a deeply rooted Yellow Peril ideology, which racializes Asians as a threat to United States and Western culture including re-imagining Asians as a ...

Racist and xenophobic hate against Asian Americans in the midst of the COVID pandemic has been a significant threat to Asian Americans’ health – stemming from a deeply rooted Yellow Peril ideology, which racializes Asians as a threat to United States and Western culture including re-imagining Asians as a diseased public health threat. Studies have documented that Asian Americans who have experienced anti-Asian racism during the pandemic report that they are more concerned about the racism than the pandemic itself, and nearly one in five Asian Americans who experienced racism display racial trauma – the psychological and emotional harm caused by racism.

This Research Topic will address the challenges associated with documenting the anti-Asian racism prevalence and its effects on Asian American health including but not limited to: lack of data availability for meaningful disaggregation; complexities in measuring anti-Asian racism and health linked to diversities within the pan-ethnic Asian American categorization; the needs of culturally- and linguistically- relevant strategies to mitigate the deleterious effects of anti-Asian racism; and efforts for addressing structural racism; strategies for fostering alliances with other groups. This special issue will also feature important exemplary data collection and public health strategies that emerged from close working partnerships between public health researchers, practitioners and community partners. These recent advances will generate conversations about future research strategies for advancing research and praxis for Asian American health equity.

The aim of the current Research Topic is to curate recent and novel research investigating the effects of anti-Asian racism on Asian Americans’ health from interdisciplinary perspectives. Areas to be covered in this Research Topic may include, but are not limited to:
- Measuring anti-Asian racism
- Effects of anti-Asian racism on mental, physical, and social health and their mechanisms
- Public health and community strategies for healing
- Importance of data disaggregation and intersectionality
- Strategies for culturally- and linguistically- competent health services
- Anti-racism public health praxis for Asian Americans and other communities of color

Keywords: racism, Asian-American racism, public health, pandemic, mental health, social health, intersectionality


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